Meade's Army: The Private Notebooks of Lt. Col. Theodore Lyman
Edited by David Lowe
If you really want to get into the head of an officer during the war, this book is a truly worthy read.
Most of the books we have all read are facts and figures with some contemporary maps thrown it to illustrate the troop movements.
Occasionally a diary or first person narritave pops up that details his/her experiences during the war.
What makes this book special is the perspective of Lyman and his detailed observations during the war. Not only the movement of the troops but the everyday observations we all experience but never record.
The editor David Lowe, does a masterful job of not only presenting the words of Lyman but of weaving a cohesive picture of Lyman, where he came from, and how his views were ordained from his upbringing and educational, social experiences. How they intertwined during the war.
A very good book, well worth the spot on the library shelf of any real student of this conflict.
Sounds like a good one, Walker. Will have to look into it. Might I also recommend Sherman's Civil War, edited by Brooks Simpson and his significant other. This is a collection of Sherman's letters spanning some years before and some years after the war. The only editorial content is in describing what national conditions were in the period in which the letters were written. Other than that positioning, there is nothing between you and the man writing the letters. There is no interpretation other than yours.
I would very much like to see similar books with the correspondence of equally prominent, period men. Probably won't see that, as only Sherman could could write as much and as well to almost everybody on almost any subject imaginable. The man must have carried a writing desk, pen. paper and inkwell with him wherever he went.